Marilyn Abildskov is the author of The Men in My Country. Her stories and essays have appeared in StoryQuarterly, Black Warrior Review, and Prairie Schooner. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she teaches in the MFA program at Saint Mary's College of California.
Arao Ameny is a writer and poet from Lira, Uganda, residing in Columbia, Maryland. She recently completed her MFA in creative writing from the University of Baltimore. Her favorite poet and writer is Dambudzo Marechera from Zimbabwe.
Bruce Bond is the author of more than twenty books, most recently Words Written Against the Walls of the City. His collection Blackout Starlight: New and Selected Poems, 1997–2015 won the L. E. Phillabaum Poetry Award, and Rise and Fall of the Lesser Sun Gods received an Elixir Press Poetry Award.
James Lee Burke has published thirty-seven novels and two story collections. His novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His work has received two Edgar Awards for best novel. He is also a Guggenheim Fellow and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Bread Loaf fellowship. In 2009 he was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.
Anders Carlson-Wee is the author of The Low Passions. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and Virginia Quarterly Review. He is a recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry International Prize.
Patty Crane's translations of Tomas Tranströmer's poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, PEN Poetry Series, and The New York Times. She also published Bright Scythe, a bilingual selection of her translations of Tranströmer's poems.
Brian Komei Dempster's debut book, Topaz, received the 15 Bytes Book Award in Poetry in 2014. His second poetry collection, Seize, is forthcoming from Four Way Books this fall.
Hannah Dow is the author of Rosarium. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Pleiades, The Rumpus, and The Cincinnati Review. She is the editor-in-chief of Tinderbox Poetry Journal and currently resides in Southern California.
Christy Edwall was born in South Africa in 1985. She has a DPhil in English from New College, University of Oxford, and her stories have been published in Granta and The Stinging Fly. She lives in West Sussex, England.
Yalitza Ferreras is a recent Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing at San José State University and winner of the 2020 Bellevue Literary Review's Goldenberg Prize for Fiction. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Best American Short Stories 2016, The Kenyon Review, and Colorado Review.
Maria Fink is a PhD student in Germanic Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. Her translations from German appear in AGNI, The Arkansas International, and Harvard Review Online.
Legna Rodríguez Iglesias was born in Camagüey, in 1984, and is a prizewinning Cuban poet, fiction writer, and playwright. She has published widely, including the poetry books Mi pareja calva y yo vamos a tener un hijo, Miami Century Fox, and Transtucé; the story collections La mujer que compró el mundo and No sabe/no contesta; and the novels Mi novia preferida fue un bulldog francés, Mayonesa bien brillante, and Las analfabetas. Among her literary awards are the Centrifugados Prize for Younger Poets, the Paz Prize, and the Casa de las Américas Prize in Theater. Spinning Mill, a chapbook of her work, has recently appeared in English translation. She lives in Miami, where she writes a column for the online journal El Estornudo.
Amaud Jamaul Johnson is the author of Darktown Follies, Red Summer, and the recently published Imperial Liquor. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry, his honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and the Dorset Prize. His work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Narrative, and The Best American Poetry 2014. He teaches at the University of Wisconsin–Madison...